Medical Lab Advocates For Ultra-Modern Diagnostic Center On The Plateau
Chairman of Plateau State branch of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Dr James G. Damen, has advocated for an ultra-modern diagnostic center with well trained staff to tackle the capacity need of medical tourism of Nigerians abroad.
While declaring a one week event open at the 4th annual scientists’ conference and workshop with the theme: “New frontier in medical laboratory quality management system” in Jos Hill Station Hotel conference hall, Monday, the chairman said that, the competence of the laboratory science council of Nigeria is mandatory to monitoring laboratories for certification and accreditation, and has obtained the prestigious membership of the International LAC with the first in West Africa.
“We have noticed the infiltration of our state of quacks with computer and digital devices deceiving our people that such devices can diagnose any form of disease. They move from church-to-church, office-to-office, village-to-village, and garage-to-garage,” he explained.
Dr Damen solicited for the support of the Ministry of Health to come up with a programme in the media stations to enlighten the general public on these nefarious activities. He appealed for upgrading of the public health laboratory because Plateau state has no public health laboratory. “We suggest the upgrading of the infrastructure, equipment and building to the capacity of the personnel in the public health laboratory to meet up with the modern public practice.”
The chairman lamented that Nigeria continues to witness emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as hemorrhagic fever, Ebola and Lassa fever, while calling for a greater concern in the diagnosis of the etiologic agents and management of both communicable and non communicable diseases.
Dr Damen further suggested that Plateau state government should urgently develop a plan to have an ultra-modern diagnostic center with state-of-the-art equipment and trained personnel to be able to diagnose and monitor treatment of diseases.